Many years ago, I obtained a copy of Carvel Lee Jonas’ book that he wrote on our particular Jonas family. I cannot seem to find my copy of the book now, but about 10 years ago I typed up most of it. I am going to make it available with full credit to him. Hopefully we can build off his research. I removed Carvel’s home address and phone number off this preface. If you wish to contact him, please contact me. Further, I hope you will take the spirit of his preface to heart. If you have stories to add, documents to share, or corrections, please make them know. The sooner the better as time is our enemy when it comes to history.
“After more than four years of research and compiling I am thrilled to offer this Jonas family history book to family members. The more family members distribute this history book to other members, the more likely the history will survive into the future. This is your book! Use it to create greater family unity. When thoughtfully read the reader will discover a wonderful spirit which is associated with this history. To get that feeling it may need to be read more than once.
“This history book was no easy task! Information was collected from all over Utah, and also from Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, and Germany. We are blessed as a family to have the Jonas family pedigree from Germany, which was finally discovered in 1985. A feeling came to me that the records were in existence, and it was possible to trace the family surname back to Europe. In the process of looking for clues to extend that pedigree, I discovered that I had collected a considerable amount of information. Land records, church records, county records, census records, etc. The idea came to me that since I had so much information I might as well collect all that I could and make a history book. I collected more information and talked to older members of the family so that I could get to know the personal stories about different members of the family. I’d write down everything that I was told. When I finally had enough information I put it all into one story. Then I would get more information and rewrite the story again. Finally I added my research and some logical conclusions which would feel correct to the stories and rewrite them again. A special thank you to Verla Jonas Andersen Lythgoe for her willingness to answer my questions and tell me stories about Joseph and Annette Josephine Nelson Jonas. She is the main reason we have a story for them. When she was younger she would get my grandfather, William Nelson Jonas, and her mother, Rosa Nelson Jonas, together in the same room and quiz them about Joseph and Annie Jonas. Because she asked questions and because of her good memory we now have a wonderful story about Joseph and Annie Jonas. I remember taking all the letters that cousin Verla had sent to me, and putting all the information into a short story. Then I went to cousin Verla with the story and asked her what her opinion was. She corrected a part and eventually added more to the story. I added my personal impressions and finally typed the last revision. That is how the story of Joseph and Annie Jonas came into existence.
“The following persons gave information to me so I could write the individual life stories found in this book.
“Verla Jonas Anderson Lythgoe; Merlin Jonas Andersen; Lillian Jonas Talbot; Joseph H. Jonas; Spencer Jonas; Carvel Thompson Jonas; Vaughn Thompson Jonas; Annette Nelson Brown; Mabel Jonas Parvi; Mr. And Mrs. Otto Hansen; Armina Jonas Farnes; Calvin Andersen Jonas. Also, the autobiography of August Nelson and the biography of Christian Andersen were used and quoted when they applied to our direct family line. It should be noted that the life stories were written by a person who had never met anyone he wrote about. I never even met my grandfather, William Nelson Jonas, except as a small child. I relied on the documents which I found and the memories of the above mentioned family members. If there is a comment about something you read it is up to you to take the responsibility and let me know about it. This is not intended to be the last edition of this history. It is hoped that when more information comes from you, the family member, that there will be a future edition.
“This history was reproduced in an inexpensive way to assure that a copy may be given to every member of the family regardless of their financial situation. Perhaps a future edition will be professionally bound. Also, this book is designed so that you may add your personal history to this book. An attempt was not made, and will not be made by me, to write stories for those who are still living. Their stories would be better stories if you wrote them yourselves. I’ve left the responsibility for your own personal histories to you.
Carvel Lee Jonas
West Jordan, Utah
26 October 1987